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Former Longview educator charged with assault out on bond

From Staff Reports
Nov. 28, 2011 at 11 p.m.


A former Longview ISD teacher and UIL coach, charged with sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child, is out of jail on bond.

Robert Craig Varnell of Diana was released from the Gregg County Jail on bond Nov. 14, according to jail records. Assistant District Attorney Jenny Huckle said Varnell has been indicted by a grand jury and is on the Dec. 9 status docket.

According to court documents, a 16-year-old boy told authorities Varnell had inappropriate physical contact with him numerous times from Aug. 31, 2007, to May 3, both at Varnell's home and the boy's home.

The improper relationship started when the boy was 13 and Varnell was employed by LeTourneau University's computer science department, according to court records.

At the time of his arrest, Varnell was a teacher and co-UIL coordinator at Longview High School. He resigned following his arrest.

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